Anything Is Possible (Debbie Gibson album)

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Anything Is Possible
Anything Is Possible (album cover).gif
Studio album by Debbie Gibson
Released November 20, 1990 (U.S.)
Recorded 1990 at GPI/Electric Blue Studios, Long Island, NY, The Hit Factory, NYC, Innersanctum Sound Studio, Encino, CA, Tyrell Music Studios and Sunset Sound Los Angeles, CA, Z Recording Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Genre Pop, bubblegum pop, dance-pop, pop rock, soul
Length 73:38
Label Atlantic
Producer Debbie Gibson
Fred Zarr
Lamont Dozier
Jellybean Benitez
Debbie Gibson chronology
Electric Youth
(1989)
Anything Is Possible
(1990)
Body, Mind, Soul
(1993)
Singles from Anything Is Possible
  1. "Anything Is Possible"
    Released: November 1990
  2. "(This So-Called) Miracle"
    Released: 1990
  3. "One Hand, One Heart"
    Released: April 1991
  4. "One Step Ahead"
    Released: 1991
  5. "Sure"
    Released: 1991
  6. "In His Mind"
    Released: February 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Anything Is Possible is the third album by Debbie Gibson, released on November 20, 1990, under the Atlantic Records label.

By late 1990 she was 20 years old and the late-1980s teen pop wave was near its end. Hence the album was Gibson's first album to not reach the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, peaking at #41 in the United States and sold much less than her previous two albums, Out of the Blue and Electric Youth, which both had gone multi-platinum.

The album was still a minor success for Gibson and eventually was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2] In Japan, the album reached #5 on the charts, achieving Gold status, thus becoming her most successful album in Japan. The album was released in March 1991 in the UK, but there it stalled at #69.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Debbie Gibson; except tracks 2, 3, 4 & 7 (from NRG↑ only), composed by Gibson and Lamont Dozier.

NRG↑:

  1. "Another Brick Falls" (3:55)
  2. "Anything Is Possible" (3:44)
  3. "Reverse Psychology" (4:25)
  4. "One Step Ahead" (4:51)
  5. "Stand Your Ground"* (3:48)
  6. "Deep Down"* (4:52)
  7. "It Must've Been My Boy" (4:19)
  8. "Lead Them Home My Dreams" (5:32)

Mood Swings:

  1. "One Hand, One Heart" (4:35)
  2. "Sure" (4:17)
  3. "Negative Energy" (3:40)
  4. "Mood Swings" (3:52)
  5. "Try"* (4:07)
  6. "In His Mind"* (3:33)
  7. "Where Have You Been?" (6:07)
  8. "This So-Called Miracle" (7:28)

Asterisk * denotes track featured only on CD and cassette format.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1990 Australian Albums Chart[3] 80
1990 Canada Albums Chart[4] 85
1990 Japanese Albums Chart[5] 5
1990 UK Albums Chart[6] 69
1990 US Billboard 200[7] 41

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[8] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

  • Debbie Gibson - lead vocals, background vocals, keyboard programming, drum programming, piano
  • Lamont Dozier - keyboard programming, drum programming, rhythm track arrangement, background vocals (tracks 2-3, 7)
  • Hense Powell - keyboard programming, keyboards (tracks 2, 7)
  • Andrew Zulla - keyboard programming, drum programming (track 3)
  • Fred Zarr - keyboard programming, drum programming (track 5)
  • Jellybean Benitez - drum programming (track 4)
  • Ed Terry - synthesizers (track 4)
  • Gary Corbett - keyboards, Hammond B-3 (track 8, 13, 16)
  • Paul Buckmaster - string arrangement, horns arrangement (tracks 3, 9-10, 14-15)
  • Jerry Hey - horn arrangement (tracks 7, 10)
  • Carlos Alomar - guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synth guitar (tracks 1-2, 7-8, 10, 15-16)
  • Ira Seigel - guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar (tracks 3, 5, 7, 12-14)
  • Paul Pesco - guitar (tracks 4, 6)
  • Tinker Barfield - bass (track 6)
  • Freddie Washington - bass (track 7)
  • Doug Stegmeyer - bass (tracks 8, 10, 13, -15-16)
  • Margaret Ross - harp (track 16)
  • Fred Levine - drums, drum overdubs (tracks 1, 3, 8, 10, 12-13, 15-16)
  • Quentin Dennard - drums (track 7)
  • Bashiri Johnson - percussion (tracks 1-5, 7, 10, 12-15)
  • Adam Tese - saxophone, percussion (tracks 6, 10)
  • Jocelyn Brown - background vocals (track 1)
  • Connie Harvey - background vocals (track 1)
  • Michelle Cobbs - background vocals (tracks 3, 16)
  • B.J. Nelson - background vocals (tracks 3, 6, 8)
  • Keeth Stewart - background vocals (tracks 3, 8, 15)
  • Carrie Johnson - background vocals (tracks 4, 8, 13)
  • Libby Johnson - background vocals (tracks 4, 8, 13)
  • Robin Clark - background vocals (tracks 5-8, 10, 16)
  • Fonzi Thornton - background vocals (tracks 5-8, 10, 16)
  • Freddie Jackson - background vocals (track 12)
  • Yolanda Lee - background vocals (track 12)
  • Jesi Forte - background vocals (track 15)
  • Dennis Collins - background vocals (track 16)

Production

  • Debbie Gibson - arranger (tracks 1-3, 6, 8-16)
  • Lamont Dozier - arranger (tracks 2, 7)
  • Hense Powell - arranger (track 3, 7)
  • Jellybean Benitez - arranger (track 4)
  • Ed Terry - arranger (track 4)
  • Fred Zarr - arranger (track 5)
  • Phil Castellano - recording engineer, mix engineer (tracks 1-10, 12-16)
  • Andrew Zulla - recording engineer, programming engineer, assistant recording engineer (tracks 1, 3-4, 6, 8-12, 16)
  • Reggie Dozier - recording engineer (track 2, 7)
  • Phil Esses - recording engineer (track 5)
  • Bob Rosa - mix engineer (tracks 1-3, 7, 9, 11-12, 14, 16)
  • Hugo Dwyer - mix engineer (tracks 4, 6, 10)
  • Dave Sorenson - assistant mix engineer (tracks 1-3, 7, 9, 11-12, 14, 16)
  • Andy Grassi - assistant mix engineer (tracks 5, 8, 13, 15)
  • Jay Ryan - assistant mix engineer (tracks 6, 10)
  • John Karlquist - album coordinator
  • Diane Gibson - executive producer, management
  • Alberto Tolot - photography
  • Paul Starr - makeup (Profile, Los Angeles)
  • Victor Vidal - hair (Cloutier, Los Angeles)
  • Derric Lowe - stylist
  • Ted Jensen - mastering (Sterling Sound, NYC)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic - Anything Is Possible's Review Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. ^ Schoemer, Karen (March 10, 1991). "POP MUSIC; The Perils and Perishability of a Teen Idol". The New York Times. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. Archived from the original on February 29, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Anything Is Possible - Australian chart run". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved September 29, 2008.
  4. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 53, No. 14 March 09, 1991". Archived from the original on 2016-07-19. Retrieved 2016-07-19.  . RPM (magazine).
  5. ^ "アルバム売上ランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Debbie Gibson - Albums Chart www.officialcharts.com Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  7. ^ Billboard - Debbie Gibson Charts Lynne Segall Billboard Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Japanese album certifications – デビー・ギブソン – Anything is Possible" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. 
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Debbie Gibson – Anything is Possible". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH